Re: 10 Greatest NBA Teams of All-Time According to InsideHoops - Vote #1
I can't speak on this with authority, because I wasn't alive during the time and I'm not knowledgeable enough to do so. However, in various books I've read, some consider the 70s (specifically early 70s to mid 70s) to be a watered down and weaker era due to the ABA, and is considered the weakest era in NBA history. Not saying teams like the '71 Bucks and '72 Lakers weren't great, but I don't know if I can consider them for #1, or even top 3-5 all-time.
Also, how do you pick one team from the 60s Celtics dynasty? I'm actually asking? I know the 1964-1965 team is widely considered the best, but what makes it better than the others? Cousy retired two seasons earlier, but Sam Jones had his breakout season, and Havlicek was entering the early stages of his prime.
That's another thing; someone like me, who is just 25, knows about those 60's Celtics teams, but I remember I used to always think Russell, Cousy, and Havlicek all played together. I kinda sorta knew who guys like Tommy Heinsohn, and Sam Jones were, but didn't know when exactly they were on the team. It wasn't until the last few years that I realized Cousy, Russell, and Havlicek never played together when all three were really at or near their peak. I think Cousy's last year was Havlicek's last, and Havlicek didn't really reach his peak until the last year's of Russell's career or after he retired.